Snap count is always an interesting metric to watch. In particular, for a Brian Flores coached team. The Miami Dolphins are in year two of their rebuild. Flores is committed to playing the players who practice well and perform during game time. There is no doubt that Flores is open to continually tinkering with his lineup based upon his feel for the game. Let’s take a peek at the snap count from the Week 11 matchup between the Miami Dolphins and the Denver Broncos.
Tua Tagovailoa received 68% of the snaps. We already talked about this situation in depth. Tua’s PFF grade was 51.9.
Ryan Fitzpatrick received 32% of the snaps. Fitzpatrick’s PFF grade was barely better than Tua’s grade. Fitzpatrick got a grade of 52.4. I have already made my feelings well known about this, so we are not going to get back into it again.
The Miami Dolphins offensive line continues to be a work in progress. That was obvious by their unimpressive effort against the Denver Broncos. Despite that fact, Flores left his offensive lineup largely unchanged. Which is surprising. If Flores was comfortable pulling Tua Tagovailoa for “performance” then he should have pulled several of those offensive linemen for “performance” as well.
Jesse Davis, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, and Austin Jackson all played 100% of the offensive snaps. Davis had the best PFF grade of any offensive lineman at 69.7. Karras got the next best PFF grade of the offensive lineman at 67.2.
Ereck Flowers struggled sometimes during the game. But, he stayed in for all the snaps and earned a PFF grade of 54.6.
Jackson looked terrible right off the start as he did his best Spanish bullfighter impression as he olé’d the Broncos defensive end allowing Tua to get killed on the very first snap of the game. Jackson’s PFF grade was horrendous 29.4. Jackson graded poorly in both pass blocking (28.7) and run blocking (35.6). This should surprise no one. I did not need PFF to let me know who awful Jackson was against the Broncos. My eyes told me that clearly while watching the game. I guess benching a rookie for playing poorly only extends to the quarterback position.
Solomon Kindley played 48% of the snaps before going down with an injury. Kindley’s PFF score was 56.4. Robert Hunt came in for Kindley and played 52% of the snaps. Kindley was not playing impressively before going out with his injury. And Hunt was even worse. Hunt’s PFF grade of 51 was the second-lowest of all the Miami Dolphins offensive players.
DeVante Parker took 97% of the snaps which makes perfect sense. After Parker, the Dolphins have nothing more than a bunch of miscellaneous spare parts at the wide receiver position. Parker was targeted nine times and had 6 catches for 61 yards and 1 TD. Parker’s PFF grade of 79.7 was the best grade of any offensive player. Parker remains Tua’s only real weapon.
Jakeem Grant took 85% of the snaps. Grant was targeted six times and had only 2 catches for just 12 yards. Grant’s PFF grade was 51.9 which was the third-lowest PFF grade out of all the Dolphins offensive players. Flores really has little options at the wide receiver position with Preston Williams injured.
Malcolm Perry took 78% of the snaps because someone had to be out there at wide receiver. Perry was targeted five times and had 3 catches for 23 yards. Perry’s PFF grade was 55.7. It is clear that Flores needs to give some more snaps to Antonio Callaway and Lynn Bowden to see what they can bring to the table.
Mack Hollins took 18% of the snaps. Hollins had a PFF grade of 56.6. Hollins was targeted twice and had just one catch for nine yards. There just was not much there from Hollins against the Broncos.
Lastly, Antonio Callaway played 12% of the snaps. Callaway was targeted one time and had 1 catch for 13 yards. Callaway’s PFF grade was 71.2 which was the second-highest grade for any Miami offensive player. I would love to see Flores giving Callaway more playing time instead of Hollins, Perry, and Grant.
Mike Gesicki took 66% of the snaps. Gesicki was targeted five times and had 4 catches for 43 yards. Gesicki’s PFF grade was 57.2. Gesicki has not produced to the same level since Tua took over at quarterback. It is vital that Chan Gailey get Gesicki more involved in the game plans. It is also important for Tua and Gesicki to begin to develop some chemistry with each other. A good tight end can be a critical security blanket for a rookie quarterback.
Durham Smythe received 20% of the snaps. Smythe was targeted once for zero catches.
Adam Shaheen played 20% of the snaps. Shaheen was targeted zero times. Shaheen’s PFF grade was 53.6. His role against the Broncos was as an extra pass blocker and run blocker.
Salvon Ahmed took 66% of the snaps. Ahmed ran 12 times for 43 yards for an average of 3.5 yards per carry. Ahmed was targeted six times and had 5 catches for 31 yards. Ahmed’s PFF grade was 58.1 Ahmed was decidedly unimpressive. But, much like the wide receiver position, Flores is limited by his options at running back.
Patrick Laird received 26% of the snaps. Laird was targeted twice and had 1 catch for 8 yards.
Matt Breida played 11% of the snaps. Breida ran 2 times for 4 yards for an average of 2 yards per carry. Breida’s PFF score was 54.8. Breida was as unimpressive as any of the other running backs. Having said that, with how pedestrian Ahmed was against the Broncos it might be a good idea to give a few more touches to Breida going forward just to see if he can add any kind of spark to the running attack.
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